PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino wants the police and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a joint manhunt operation against the persons behind the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old fast food worker in Talisay City.
In a statement, Dino said he was saddened by the death of John Ronli Calizar, the eldest son of Ferliza Contratista, who is an officer of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Cebu and a former journalist.
Last Saturday, Calizar was sleeping at this girlfriend’s boarding house in Barangay Lawaan 1 when Jessie Largo and another companion suddenly barged in and shot the victim several times.
Dino urged the police to determine the veracity of a report he received that Largo was involved in the murder of a nursing student back in 2009, but was eventually released.
“They should enforce the full force of the law to put the suspects, Jessie Largo and an unidentified cohort, answerable to the crime they committed,” Dino said.
He also vowed to provide financial assistance to the victim’s mother, whom he described as “a hardworking fellow in government service.”
In her Facebook account, Contratista condemned Largo for killing her son. She said Largo is a drug courier.
Senior Supt. Eric Noble, Cebu Provincial Police director, assured that his personnel are doing their best to locate Largo and his cohorts.
In a separate interview, Supt. Emerson Dante, Talisay City Police chief, told reporters that they are conducting a manhunt operation against the suspects.
Dante said they’ve visited their possible hiding places.
Dante also urged Largo’s relatives to surrender the suspect or they will face consequences.
“We can file a case for obstruction of justice against them if they will not cooperate with us,” he said.
Calizar’s wake is held at the St. Peter’s Funeral Homes in Mandaue City.